T4TH Pathtags Finally Arrive!

The waiting is finally over – my pathtags arrived last week! The quality is amazing and I am very pleased with the final product. During the proofing process, I had a couple issues with how they appeared, but the problem was with my artwork and not PathTags.com. Now that I understand the process, I will use Adobe Illustrator rather than their tag editor program to create tags. My addiction for pathtags has only gotten worse. I have three additional tags already in my mind to create, and I’m sure there will be more in the future.

While attending the Midwest Geobash this past July, I happened to be standing in line to place an order at a food truck, when the guy in front of me turned around and read my lanyard that displayed my geocaching name and my real name. His voice trailed off reading my lanyard … “T4TH … hmmm, oh ok … thanks for the hi…… so, Jim … do you have any pathtags to trade?” He caught me off guard as I had never been asked that question before, and the other people who heard his question had also turned around, waiting on my response.

pouchSuddenly, I felt like I had been taken back to the wild west. I could almost hear the whistle from “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”… it was as if everyone within ear shot of the question had turned around. Everything went silent and in slow motion as I noticed each person wore a pouch on their belt. Their hands poised over their pouch, as if a Hollywood gunslinger … a slight finger twitch, waiting … waiting for my answer and watching my hands to make the reach. Their eyes were trained on me, reading every move.

“Well…”, I began, “I had hoped to have them in time for this event, but they didn’t arri…”, and with that, the spell had been broken, and they turned their backs to me … their hands relaxed from hovering above their pathtag pouch … and in my mind, I heard the piano player start back up on another tune in a crowded saloon.

What the hell just happened? One minute, I’m waiting to place an order for food, and the next thing I know, I have 5 to 10 people ready to pounce on the opportunity to trade for a pathtag that they did not already have in their collection.

The significance of that moment makes sense to me now, as I look at the pile of T4TH pathtags before me. I will be very stingy with placing these tags in caches, as the pathtags are more expensive and a cache has to be very memorable before I make a drop. Instead, I will continue to use my T4TH signature tags as they are very inexpensive, yet incredibly durable. Still, I look forward to trade with others – in fact. If you’re reading this and have a pathtag of your own, please contact me and we’ll see if we can work out a trade.

As for upcoming pathtags to create … one for my wife, one for my business, and one to celebrate our new geo-dog, BristolDobe. I doubt these three new tags will be the end of this obsession, which is ok. Until then, I am ready for the next opportunity to trade.

Now, where can I find one of those pathtag pouches to hang on my belt …

T4TH Offering Products for MWGB Silent Auction

We are VERY excited to be attending the Midwest Geobash (MWGB) held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio this coming weekend. We look forward to socializing with other geocachers and handing out FREE items to others (while supplies last).

MWGBThanks for the Hide (www.t4th.net) is donating a geocache grab-bag with lots of cool items for the silent auction. Please bid on our auction or other items up for auction and bid high! The MWGB relies on the generous support of sponsors, sales of event merchandise, and the silent auction to cover the cost of this great event. When you attend the MWGB, you’ll wonder how they can provide such great activities, lots of fantastic free giveaways, inexpensive camping availability and no entry fees. It’s all made possible through your support!

Look for the T4TH item at the silent auction and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of some great items that you can use on your next cache outing. Items include a new T4TH.NET T-shirt (size XL), 1 engraved Mini-Maglite flashlight, 1 coupon for 20 custom engraved signature tags, 6 bison tubes, 1 plastic geo-tube, 1 custom engraved MWGB aluminum water bottle, and 1 engraved leather key fob.

Hope to see you there!

Geocaching and Munzee Products

I’ve come to a point where I can no longer fight with using WordPress (this website format) to make a combination blog and product source for geocaching / munzee products that I create.

Therefore, the items that I create will be moved to my business website where I can offer a more professional customer experience for those of you who continue to place orders. This blog is meant to be just that … a source of information and sharing of experiences relating to geocaching and munzee, not an e-commerce website. The format of WordPress does not allow for a smooth customer shopping experience.

Products have been removed from this website and a link will be provided shortly to the consumer site that will showcase geocaching and munzee related items.

I hope this transition will be quick and you will enjoy what I have to offer.

In the meantime, I (again) offer this website up for a visiting author to relate their geocaching stories and experiences to generate ideas and communication with all who read this blog.

Out with the old…

I have spent the last few days working on updating the look of this blog. You, the visitor, aren’t aware that this is taking place behind the curtain, as I tweak this area and rearrange that area, all the time trying to make this website worth coming to for information and shared experiences.

ozWhat I’ve come to realize is that this particular layout isn’t cutting it anymore. This look has been in place for over two years and even if I change the masthead image and move a couple things around, it’s still not what I want. So, over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be trying different options, adding some color hear and there and seeing if I can make this worth a visit. More updates are clearly needed and, as always, I welcome your comments.

I would also like to open this up to other geocachers and munzers who would like to be a guest author to provide a story or two and give their shot at relating an experience or sharing information. Hopefully, it may even give them the incentive to start their own blog, which would be a great thing.

I’m all for collaboration and sharing … no one person has all the information or know-how about these activities and I hope to get more input from my fellow cachers, both here in the US and in other countries. I am receiving visits from all over the world, and I would welcome any stories and/or comments from every visitor.

So in the meantime … if you happen to stop by and see this website completely out of whack – have no fear … it’s just me working behind the curtain.

Where Geocaching takes us…

I shot this video a couple weeks ago, merely to reinforce my statement that, for us, it’s all about the experience of geocaching, and not so much about the numbers. This isn’t to say that geocachers who enjoy racking up their number of finds is wrong – not at all. The idea of heading out for the main purpose of increasing my count isn’t out of the question – and while I have tried doing just that, inevitably, our purpose is diverted by an interesting town to explore, reading the text from old headstones at a cemetery find, or just taking in the sights of the surrounding area. Maybe it just comes down to the fact that we’re easily distracted.

The bottom line is, geocaching means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I welcome the chance to talk to other cachers, which is the main purpose of this blog. As always, I encourage your comments and enjoy hearing from others around the world about their experience with geocaching and what it means to them.

It was still pretty gray when this video was made two weeks ago, but with a few rains since and the temperature getting warmer, the trees have been budding and it’s starting to green up already here in Ohio. I’m looking forward to a great caching season – I look forward to your comments.

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